It’s part of the battle. While they might not be on the same level in a variety of ways, AEW and WWE are the two biggest wrestling companies in the United States. That is going to put them in competition for fans’ attention as well as money, which can make things a little bit testy. While they won’t be getting in the ring against each other anytime soon, they can compete against each other in separate ways.
While the wrestling shows themselves are the most important part of a wrestling company, they also have to deal with public relations. Wrestling companies have to find a way to get their name out there and interact with the fans. One way to do this is through personal appearances, but the spaces for such things, at least in bigger venues, are limited. Now, that may be even more the case than before.
According to Wrestling Observer Radio, WWE now has a rule in place that any convention or public appearance with WWE talent booked cannot include AEW talents. Matt Hardy was scheduled to appear at the Big Event this Saturday but was pulled and replaced at WWE’s request due to his affiliation with AEW. The event organizers are now required to select which company they want to book talent from.
There is a lot of talent on both sides. Check out a little of each from the last week:
Opinion: This is something that isn’t all that surprising. If there is one thing WWE does not like, it is having another company invading their turf. WWE wants to be the only game in town when it comes to feeling like the top stars and that is the kind of thing you have to expect. At the end of the day, other than Chris Jericho, no AEW star really comes close to the top WWE stars when it comes to the masses and I’m not sure how many organizations are going to pick AEW in this situation.
Is WWE being fair in this? Which wrestlers would you like to meet? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. Get the latest and greatest in professional wrestling news by signing up for our daily email newsletter. Just look below for “GET EXCLUSIVE UPDATES” to sign up. Thank you for reading!